Former Rugby Springbok, Garth Wright, thanks members of the media for their support of Ironman 4 the Kidz. This charity has grown from an initial R11 000 raised in 2005 to R2.5 Million raised in 2019.
During the World Championship year of 2018 Ironman 4 the Kidz raised a staggering R4.2 Million.
In 2005 ex Springbok Garth Wright and Gary Stephenson took on the challenge to raise funds for the kids of the Eastern Cape. The success of their participation in the first full IRONMAN in Port Elizabeth resulted in the formation and registration of the IRONMAN 4 the Kidz Charity Trust.
The idea of IRONMAN 4 the Kidz Charity’s began when the founders realised that they could raise money for children by participating in the first full IRONMAN South Africa in 2005. Even though a 3.8KM SEA SWIM; 180KM BIKE; 42.2KM RUN does seem like a daunting task “raising funds for the children is a great motivator” says Stephenson and with many new and loyal sponsors, athletes and the public who get behind our annual charity initiative we continue to believe that “ Anything is possible” and our yearly goals will be achieved.
The aim of IRONMAN 4 the Kidz is to raise awareness and funds to support the many charities who care for the less fortunate children of South Africa.
- FOODBANK SA – Foodbank SA distributes food, clothes, household goods and toys to children in need.
- EP CHILD & YOUTH CARE CENTRE – The vision of the EP Child and Youth Care Centre is to develop displaced children and youths into well adjusted, productive citizens.
- M.T.R. SMIT CHILDREN’S HAVEN – The M.T.R Smit Children Haven aims to create conditions under which the children’s development can thrive.
- KHAYALETHU YOUTH CENTRE – The Khayalethu Youth Centre and the Khayalethu Oliver House intervention programmes and alternative care for street children.
- KICK – Formed in 2006 with a vision to impact the lives of children in South Africa.
- SIYAKATALA CHILD AND YOUTH CENTRE – Based in Port Elizabeth, Siyakatala is a registered youth shelter who care for neglected, abused, orphaned and children living in poverty.
- LELETHU BABY SHELTER – The Lelethu Baby Shelter is a halfway house for babies in need.
- OOSTERLAND YOUTH CENTRE – Oosterland Youth Centre provides quality childcare services to children cared for by the Children’s Court.
- MARANATHA YOUTH CENTRE – Maranatha addresses the needs of Port Elizabeth’s homeless and unemployed children.
- MAHLASEDI FOUNDATION – Mahlasedi Foundation is an organisation with community development as its primary objective.
- ELUXOLWENI – Based in Grahamstown this centre provides a shelter for street children who have been in conflict with the law.
- uMEPHI – uMephi Daleview Foster Care strive to give a home and a family to single and double orphans in the Eastern Cape.
- SABRINA LOVE FOUNDATION – The Sabrina Love Foundation strives to help and hopefully reach as many special little people and their families as they can assist.
- ZONKE IZINTO – Zonke Izinto acts as a Place of Temporary Safety for orphaned, abandoned or abused children in the Queenstown area.
- THE STAR UPLIFTING CENTRE KWT – The Star Uplifting Centre is a non-governmental and non-profit organisation focused on the inclusion of disabled individuals, particularly children.
- SALEM BABY CARE CENTRE – Based in East London the Salem Baby Centre provides moms and kids with their basic food and hygiene requirements.
- CATCH PROJECTS – CATCH champions active citizenship in the informal settlement of Mzamomhle.
- BOBBI BEAR – Operation Bobbi Bear is a human rights organisation assisting sexually abused children.
- DAILY NEWS MILK FUND – The Daily News Milk and Welfare distribute milk and milk powder to needy crèches in KZN and surrounds.
- DAILY NEWS MILK FUND – Childhood Cancer Foundation was established in 1979 by parents of children with cancer.
- WESTVILLE BABY CENTRE – Westville Baby Centre helps to raise awareness for the safe housing of abandoned babies.
- HUIS TALJE – BELA BELA – Huis Talje Children’s Home is a community base project based in Limpopo Province (Bela Bela).
- EPWORTH – The Epworth Children’s Village is based in Germiston and is an evolving resource and treatment hub for children, families, educators and member of the community.
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